By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil has extended his lead at the head of the Premier League assists summit with two more in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Swansea today.
The German climbed above David Silva in the assists chart last week when Olivier Giroud rose above the Everton defence to head in his right-flank cross and put Arsenal 1-0 up in their Premier League clash.
Today, he extended his lead further when his corner was headed in by Giroud for the Gunners’ opener against Swansea, and he then set up Joel Campbell for the visitors’ third goal to claim his second assist of the game.
Ozil has now delivered nine assists from 10 Premier League matches in 2015-16, including seven in his last five games, which put the Arsenal man ahead of Manchester City’s Silva (six in five), Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez (five) and Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan (five).
Moreover, no player has produced more than Ozil’s 23 Premier League assists since the German joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
He maintained his excellent run of form at the Liberty Stadium today by having a hand in all three of the visitors’ goals as they kept up the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.
Ozil is in his best run of form since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a club-record£40million fee.
This will also give his representatives negotiating power as the playmaker steps up talks with the club on an extension to his contract, which expires in two-and-a-half years’ time.